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Spate of Bexley catalytic converter thefts prompts police warning
A SPATE of catalytic convertor thefts across Bexley has prompted a warning from police.
Mercedes Sprinter vans, Seat Albrahamas, Ford Galaxy people carriers and VW Sharans are favoured targets for thieves as they have high ground clearance making it easier to get at the component.
The thieves are targeting catalysts, located in the exhaust system under the vehicle, because of the high value of the precious metals they contain.
Stolen converters can net the offender around £60 but it can cost owners several hundred pounds to replace the item particularly if substantial damage has been caused to the car.
Inspector Paul Sanders from Bexley Police said: "Please park your car in a garage whenever possible or park in well-lit busy areas.
"Etching a catalytic converter with a serial number will help police track a stolen converter to a specific vehicle and overtly.
“Advertising that a vehicle is protected by property marking may also deter offenders as it will potentially reduce the opportunities for selling on the converters at reputable scrap metal dealers.”
Anyone with any information on these thefts, or any thefts from motor vehicles, should contact Bexley Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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